Turkey Hunting with a rifle?


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rbernie
December 31, 2007, 06:19 PM
Who's done it? What did ya use?

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CoRoMo
December 31, 2007, 07:09 PM
Will use the .270, but prefer the .223

alsaqr
December 31, 2007, 07:12 PM
Usually a .30-06 with military ball ammo. The bullet hole is usually full of pieces of feathers.

Bitmap
December 31, 2007, 09:32 PM
.22WMRF works great.

.38 Special 158gr. LRN works great from a revolver. I think it would work great from a rifle, too.

I think a .30 Carbine would work fine, but I haven't tried it.

I would think a .25-20 or .32-20 with cast bullets would work great.

Bearhands
December 31, 2007, 09:38 PM
the turkeys in Texas or wherever must be the size of black bears! 270???? 30-06!!!?????

a 22LR will do the trick here in Pa..... a 22mag is very sufficient.

skinewmexico
January 1, 2008, 01:20 AM
I used a 17 HMR.

Battlespace
January 1, 2008, 01:31 AM
I used a .243

AnthonyC.
January 1, 2008, 01:41 AM
I used a 30mm round on my turkey last year:D

dakotasin
January 1, 2008, 03:56 AM
22-250 and 25-06.

the lone gunman
January 1, 2008, 03:49 PM
22 mag here in Pa. puts them down in a hurry.

rbernie
January 1, 2008, 07:25 PM
So I'm guessing that I'm not crazy for thinking of using a 223, eh? I would presume that a FMJ would be better than a SP, from a meat retention perspective - is that a valid assumption?

paintballdude902
January 1, 2008, 08:23 PM
gotta use a shotgun or bow here in nc


too bad i would love tog et a turkey with my ruger single six:D

John4me05
January 1, 2008, 08:46 PM
22 mag and 223 with Vmax tips.. Vmax only goes to a head shot though

Rembrandt
January 1, 2008, 08:59 PM
Alvin York took turkeys with a rifle......you need to wet the front sight first.

ZeroJunk
January 1, 2008, 09:11 PM
They will give you 30 days in the electric chair for shooting a turkey with a rifle in this state.

BIGR
January 1, 2008, 10:07 PM
Some states will not allow hunting Turkeys with rifles. Either you are in one of them and you use the rifle illegally or your state allows it??? Is it that fun to take them with a rifle?

rbernie
January 2, 2008, 12:17 AM
Best I can tell, Texas does't allow hunting Eastern Turkey with a rifle, but does allow Rio Grande turkeys to be hunted with any legal means (no restrictions).

I have both shotguns and rifles - I'm just curious as to which would be best. I probably shoot my 223 rifles as well as I shoot anything.

22-rimfire
January 2, 2008, 01:11 AM
If I were buying a rifle for turkey and varmints to yote size, I'd buy a 22WMR. I doubt you would be taking a shot over 100 yds on a turkey with a rifle, but it's possible.

reppondj
January 2, 2008, 03:51 PM
Can't hunt turkey with a rifle down here in Louisiana but; I did get to make a turkey hunt in South Dakota this past year. Used a .17HMR w/a 6.5x20 scope and it did really well. Although every time I pulled the trigger I was looking for the game warden, LOL...........

XDKingslayer
January 2, 2008, 04:18 PM
The dumbest thing they ever did was move turkey into big game in Pennsylvania and let them use rifles larger than .22. Guys blowing them to pieces with 30-06 and .270s.

I'd use a .22 for a good solid head shot and that's all the more rifle I'd ever use for turkey. I'll stick to the 10 gauge.

Dallas Jack
January 8, 2008, 05:08 AM
I shot my first turkey this December with a 130 gr 270 Winchester. Shot in the neck at 45 yds no meat was wasted.
Dallas Jack

Bitmap
January 8, 2008, 10:48 AM
Is it that fun to take them with a rifle?

Most people that I know that take them with rifles like .30-06 calibe do it as a break from deer hunting. I've also seen more than a few people say "That's an easy target" and then miss, sometimes more than once.

Seems to me the guys that shoot turkeys in the head with a .22WMRF or .17HMR are making the game a little more challenging than the guys that use shotguns.

Lot's of guys I know take their kids turkey hunting and use .22mags or other small caliber guns because the recoil is less than a big shotgun.

I like using an iron sighted handgun for turkeys, especially if I am hunting deer with a rifle. If I decide to shoot a turkey I switch to the handgun.

Shooting turkeys with a rifle can be as challenging as you want to make it.

K3
January 8, 2008, 11:04 AM
I can hit a turkey in the head with a rifle at 200 yards every time I shoot.

Wanna know how?

41 Mag
January 8, 2008, 11:10 AM
I used my 25-06 with 100gr BT for a head shot on the first one I got, I have also used my 243 with a reduced 90 FMJ load and my 12 guage.

As far as I am concerned if I ever get a chance to go again, I will use the 243 and reduced loads. It wasn't nearly the noise almost hardly noticed by the rest of the flock, had the one I shot not been flopping a wee bit, and I didn't have to pick shot out at the supper table. I shot one in the head and another through the breast and out the back both dropped with no major damage.

The shot gun one had a good amount of lead through out the breast, even though the majority took the head and neck. The 25 was simply a decap and game over, but the noise ruined the rest of the hunt.

Had a neighbor who shot them every year using 30-06 and 180gr Hornady Spire Points. He always waited until he could get a shot in through the top of the breast and out the back, his always seemed to be in pretty good shape other than the 30 cal hole, you couldn't really tell they were shot. There just wasn't enough there to really open the bullet so it seemed to just zip right through.

Art Eatman
January 8, 2008, 11:28 AM
For many years in Texas, there weren't all that many turkeys, and those which were shot were sorta add-ons to deer hunting. So, deer rifles are what were used.

Mostly head shots, or cross body shots behind the legs.

Then, with growing populations and the springtime two-week season, the modern camo/shotgun style has become a common thing.

K3
January 8, 2008, 11:36 AM
I can hit a turkey in the head with a rifle at 200 yards every time I shoot.

Wanna know how?

Nobody's asked, but I'll tell ya anyway. In fact, I can hit headshots at 300 yards every time!

What I do is fill a coffee can full of pebbles and feed. When the turkey sticks his head in the can to eat, I shoot the can. Dead turkey.

In truth, I've never done it. What's funny is, the person that told me this was my hunter's safety instructor several years back.

I have taken 2 turkeys with rifles. One was with a .25-06 at just over 120 yards. I hit him in at the base of the neck/top pf the body. A little damage to the meat, but not much. Most of the breasts were good.

My problem with turkey is cleaning them. I'd rather clean a gutshot deer than a turkey any day of the week and twice on sundays. I don't bother with turkey anymore. I stick to quail and dove for my bird meat.

bang_bang
January 9, 2008, 11:06 PM
They don't allow turkeys to be taken with a rifle in Virginia, but I have taken one with a 22 Mag and another with a 300 Mag. The 22 was a head shot on a nice Gobbler strutting around some hens, 1 shot kill. I took a large hen this year with my 300 Mag for Thanksgiving, 40 yard shot at the base of the neck. I was using 180 gr Federal Power Shok shells.

Jeffreii
January 10, 2008, 07:05 AM
There are so many turkeys at my parents place all you need is a pellet gun for head/neck shots!

http://i271.photobucket.com/albums/jj143/REIIPICS/turkeys.jpg

ldyates
January 10, 2008, 10:35 AM
17HMR @ 80yds using 17gr Varmint Express. Nice shot at the base of the neck and Mr. Gobbler dropped in his tracks. This was a Rio Grande Turkey taken in Callahan County.

Rbernie is correct...... Eastern Turkey can only be taken with a shotgun or bow in Texas.

http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc121/ldyates/P1010028.jpg

Bitmap
January 10, 2008, 10:44 AM
My problem with turkey is cleaning them. I'd rather clean a gutshot deer than a turkey any day of the week and twice on sundays.

I used to agree with that 100%. For some reason the last two I cleaned didn't bother me at all. Maybe the fact thay my two oldest kids killed them had something to do with that. The oldest two boys are 8 and 6.

BTW one was with a .30-30, the other with a 7.62x39. Both taken at about 30 yards while deer hunting. Both were shot from the side right through the split between the breast and the back. One took out both thighs, the other took out one thigh. When I say took out, I mean that the skin was holding the leg on below the wound. Neither one hurt the breast at all. Just pure luck that they both made the same shot.

CoRoMo
January 11, 2008, 01:12 PM
the turkeys... ...must be the size of black bears! 270????

I know, the .270 is a lot for a gobbler, but it is the most accurate rifle I've got, so it will do nicely with a head or neck shot.
Like I said, I prefer the .223, but failed to mention that I have to barrow it from my father in law who lives in Texas.
If I've got it, it is perfect. It's a little model 700 and can pop the top off a tom perfectly. I got to get me one!

sammoh
January 12, 2008, 06:11 AM
45-70... Actually, seriously I don't know. We're not allowed to take turkey with a rifle in Wisconsin. Never shot one with a rifle. Wouldn't mind trying to take one with a .17hmr in the head though... maybe I'll head out to a state that I can do that in one day.

Sam

John4me05
January 12, 2008, 03:17 PM
They don't allow turkeys to be taken with a rifle in Virginia, but I have taken one with a 22 Mag and another with a 300 Mag. The 22 was a head shot on a nice Gobbler strutting around some hens, 1 shot kill. I took a large hen this year with my 300 Mag for Thanksgiving, 40 yard shot at the base of the neck. I was using 180 gr Federal Power Shok shells.
Sure they allow it... Thats why Turkey is open on Thanksgiving, Early squirrel season, and late Mloader here... All legal to take with the gun your using...
Deer and bear are the only game that have a caliber restriction... (at least up here it is)... I even use a 22mag for spring gobbler... I hardly ever use a shotgun for anything anymore...

ZeroJunk
January 12, 2008, 07:04 PM
K3, I shot a turkey last year and stopped by the country store on the way home. I asked a chicken farmer who was in there that I new raised turkeys at one time how to clean him. He said scald it in 150 degree water.I had a 40 quart stock pot that I heated to 150 degrees , dipped the turkey in it a couple of times and the feathers literally fell off. Left the skin a nice white color.I cut his wings off with side cutters, pulled his guts out, cleaned out the craw and had him in the oven in 20 minutes.It was good too.

lorddal
January 13, 2008, 12:58 AM
have used successfully 22, 22 hornet, 243 , 270, 30-30, 30-06 and a 50 cal muzzleloader

Andy M
January 18, 2008, 12:47 PM
32-20 WCF out of a Winchester 1892 with peep sight - perfect way to spend a day in the fall colors in Pennsylvania

bearmgc
January 18, 2008, 01:53 PM
You can hunt turkey in Wyoming with a rifle of minimum 22mag caliber, and that's what I do.

pernicus
January 18, 2008, 11:38 PM
i wish alabama would allow turkey hunting with a highpower rifle...blowing a turkeys head off with a .308 is way more challenging than this deer hunting mess and and shooting turkeys with a shot gun is just cheating...shooting anything not running/flying with a shotgun is BS imo

nathan
January 30, 2008, 01:10 AM
I was told before that my .25 06 is perfect for turkey. This was after my friend and me found the right load for it, putting 3 shots touching each other at 100 yds. I would love to get a Tom Tom.

FullyLoaded_FLBoy
January 30, 2008, 01:24 AM
K3. That's hilarious. Just picturing a gobbler getting his head rattled. LOL

Cleaning a turkey is easy if you just want the breasts. Skin it with a knife and pop out the breasts. Simple. And it's not wasteful if you use the rest for coyote bait. ;)

nathan
January 30, 2008, 04:13 AM
With turkey so cheap and abundant in supermarkets, I wonder if people care for turkey hunting today considering all the hassle and cost to get into the game. Cost of ammo, rifle, gas to the lease , tag license etc, the physical labor to clean and dress, etc. Of course, its a different story to experience the thrill of the hunt which no store turkey can give you.

sarduy
January 31, 2008, 12:58 AM
Just get a .408 or a .50 BMG :evil:

http://www.pipelinenews.org/images/CheyTac408.jpg


hehehe... just joking.... :neener: the .410 gauge or a .22LR with good ammo work great.:cool:

moooose102
February 28, 2008, 09:49 AM
i always thought a 22 or 223 would be the way to go as well, but here in michigan you HAVE to use a shotgun or bow. i do not understand thier rationing behind it. unless they are worried about hunters in full cammo getting shot by mistake at longer distances.

koja48
February 28, 2008, 10:57 PM
Can't do so here in WA State (the Land of Starbucks, the Department of Fish & Game Mismanagement, and Lots of Land, No Access), but if I could, at turkey range (out to 75-yards or so), I'd use a .17HMR (Marlin with an aftermarket trigger should work well, I think . . . oops, I know. I have one & it's deadly accurate on targets smaller than a gobbler's nob).

Sunray
February 28, 2008, 11:18 PM
"...will not allow hunting Turkeys with rifles..." Using military ball ammo for hunting anything is illegal in most places too. Shotguns only up here.

Bitmap
February 29, 2008, 09:38 AM
koja48

Can't do so here in WA State (the Land of Starbucks, the Department of Fish & Game Mismanagement, and Lots of Land, No Access), but if I could, at turkey range (out to 75-yards or so), I'd use a .17HMR (Marlin with an aftermarket trigger should work well, I think . . . oops, I know. I have one & it's deadly accurate on targets smaller than a gobbler's nob).

That is a good choice for a rifle, but I'd like to see you try to shoot a turkey in the head with it at 75 yards.

Sunray

Using military ball ammo for hunting anything is illegal in most places too.

I don't know about that. Especially varmints, predators, or whatever non-game animals are called.

T.R.
February 29, 2008, 04:23 PM
South Dakota actually wants each hunter to take a turkey home. Restrictions are virtually none. I use my heavy barreled prairie dog rifle in .223 with 52 grain Sierra varmint bullets.

I don't even wear camo or use turkey calls. Typically, I hunt along Hat Creek in Fall River County and watch ahead with field glasses. When a flock is spotted, I stalk to get within 225 yards or so. BANG. Turkey hunt is over. The money savings on turkey gear and specialty shotgun stuff is significant.
TR

koja48
February 29, 2008, 04:40 PM
If the head isn't moving, I have a couple .17HMRs that are capable of that accuracy. Problem would be in finding a cooperative turkey. A turkey's head is larger than that of depredating crows, and I've successfully dispatched them with head shots from a .17.

Bitmap
March 2, 2008, 11:49 AM
If the head isn't moving

and

Problem would be in finding a cooperative turkey.

My point exactly. My dad has done it. Killed one at 15 yards, then missed the one standing behind the first one. I've been trying to do this with an open sighted handgun and haven't managed to do it yet. Trying to do it at any kind of distance is going to be very difficult.

koja48
March 2, 2008, 12:05 PM
I don't disagree . . . I simply stated that the .17HMR is capable, of sufficient accuracy, and would be my choice if WA State allowed rifles to be used. That being said, if a gobbler were to give me 2-3 seconds, his strutting days would likely be over if it were my fingertip caressing the finely-tuned trigger on either of my .17s. As you stated & to which I concurred . . . getting those 2-3 seconds would be difficult at best, since turkeys seem to be in a state of perpetual motion; should a hunter be so fortunate to find such a sedentary bird, the round would do the job cleanly and out to that range. If a shooter has the skill and the firearm has the inherent accuracy, the feat is possible . . . hence the terms "hunting," "frequent time in the field," and "opportunity," the legality of using this tool of choice assumed to be an option.

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